Los Angeles has announced the decision to ban the manufacturing and sale of fur, making it the largest city in the world to have an official ban.
That’s a pretty big deal – a city following in the footsteps of Burberry and London Fashion Week to take a stand against the death of animals for the purpose of style.
The Los Angeles City Council, led by Paul Koretz, Bob Blumenfield, and Mitch O’Farrell voted unanimously to take the city fur-free.
Bob Blumenfield, who introduced the motion, told the New York Times: ‘This is L.A. taking a stand and saying we will no longer be complicit in the inhumane and vile fur trade that’s been going on for years.
‘We’re trying to set an example for the rest of the state and the rest of the country.’
The ban will come into effect in two years time.
It’s worth noting that Los Angeles tends to be fairly warm, so it’s perhaps not a place where wearing fur is super popular. We’ll have to wait and see if colder cities in the U.S. and internationally follow suit.
The decision comes after a rally from PETA and actresses Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari.
Naturally, PETA’s pretty pleased about the move.
‘This decision will spare countless animals the horror of being beaten, electrocuted, and skinned alive for environmentally toxic items—items that compassionate shoppers don’t want and top designers won’t use,’ PETA said.
‘Today’s decision was a powerful one. When Los Angeles speaks, the world listens, and it’s now the largest and most notable city to tell the world that “fur is dead”.’